Shadowplay by Joseph O'Connor

Shadowplay by Joseph O'Connor

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London, 1878. Three extraordinary people begin their life together - and the idea for Dracula is born.

Fresh from life in Dublin, Bram Stoker - now manager of the Lyceum Theatre - is wrestling with dark demons in a new city, in a new marriage, and with his own literary aspirations. As he walks the streets at night, streets haunted by the Ripper and the gossip which swirls around his friend Oscar Wilde, he finds new inspiration. Soon, the eerie tale of Dracula begins to emerge.

But Henry Irving, volcanic leading man and impresario, is determined that nothing will get in the way of Bram's dedication to the Lyceum. And both men are growing ever more enchanted by the beauty and boldness of Ellen Terry, the most celebrated actress of her generation.


"Dazzling...the panache and subtlety of his prose perfectly match that gusto and creative finesse of the High Victorian world his novel wonderfully evokes." ― Sunday Times

"A novel I'd recommend to anyone: a rollicking and moving story... Delicious and clever late-Victorian gothic." -- James Naughtie ―
Radio Times

"An ingenious novel… O’Connor’s work is hugely impressive and utterly haunting." ―
Sunday Mirror

"Joseph O’Connor is a very great artist and storyteller. The quotient of enjoyment in his extraordinary new novel is stupendous." -- Sebastian Barry

"A hugely entertaining book about the grand scope of friendship and love, it is also, movingly – at times, astonishingly – a story of transience, loss and true loyalty." -- Sadie Jones ―

Publisher: Vintage
ISBN: 978-1784709150
Pages: 416